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lei gong teng (thunder god vine), 雷公藤 (in English and Chinese 中英文)
Translated and edited by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu
The herb of lei gong teng comes from the roots, leaves and flowers of the tripterygium wilfordii Hook. f. It is collected during summer and autumn. Lei gong teng is a deciduous climbing vine growing to 12 meters, with brown, angular, downy twigs. The leaves are light green, smooth on top, and pale gray with light hairs underneath. They have crenate margins and pointed apexes, and are ovate to elliptic, 5-15 cm long, 2.5 - 7 cm wide. The scented hermaphroditic (having male and female organs) flowers are small and whitish with five petals and are about 9 mm across. The fruit is 3-winged, and brownish red, about 1.5 cm long.
The plant can grow in light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. It can survive in acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soil. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.
Note: Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis is scar tissue that forms in areas of the glomeruli of the kidneys that filter harmful or unnecessary substances out of the body.
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(a). M. Sharma, R. Sharma, XL Ge, R.S.Rdy, E.T.McCarthy, V. J. Savin, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.
(b). Department of dermatology, Huashan hospital, Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai 200040, China (Huang L and Feng SF); Radiology Institute, Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai 200040, China (Wang HF).
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